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In the Bible, God's decree is named His:

    1. Decree (Psalm 2:7)

    2. Will (James 1:18)

    3. Counsel (Psalm 33:11)

    4. Pleasure (Ephesians 1:9)

    5. Purpose (Romans 8:28)

  • All-inclusive - Includes everything

  • Sovereign - Having full rights, authority, and power; free from any outside influence or control
  • The following chart reveals seven characteristics of God's decree that are revealed in Scripture:

    God's Decree Is:

    1. Perfectly wise - it is formed in the counsel of God's sinless will and infinite wisdom.

    Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.

    - Psalm 147:5

    2. Eternal - it is from eternity to eternity.

    The counsel of the LORD standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.

    -Psalm 33:11

    3. All-powerful - it will all certainly come to pass.

    And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?

    - Daniel 4:35

    4. Unchangeable - it is faithful and true.

    But He is in one mind, and who can turn Him? and what His soul desireth, even that He doeth.

    - Job 23:13

    5. All-inclusive - it is the plan of the Creator of, and Ruler over, all things.

    Oh house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in Mine hand, 0 house of Israel.

    -Jeremiah 18:6

    6. Unconditional - it does not depend on anyone or anything outside of God.

    Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

    But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

    - Matthew 10:29-30

    7. Sovereign - as Maker, God, does not have to answer to anyone outside of Himself.

    Behold, He taketh away, who can hinder Him? who will say unto Him, What doest Thou?

    - Job 9:12

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